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St. Luke wound clinic seeks help from county

Staff writer

Commissioners discussed at Monday’s meeting the possibility of transportation from the new wound clinic at St. Luke Hospital.

McCarty told commissioners that St. Luke asked if the EMS would provide transportation for the wound clinic, which never happened in the past due to having to take an ambulance out of service. St. Luke brought up the idea to McCarty about setting up a fee that patients have to pay in order to use the transportation services.

The wound clinic allows people to get wound bandages changed, cleaned, and re-wrapped on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

McCarty said the transportation would be for people all over the county, which was a concern for commissioners due to high mileage that could be racked up over a short time.

Distance and additional staffing was a concern for commissioner Randy Dallke.

“I wish we had the additional staff to provide it,” Dallke said. “That is a concern for me.”

McCarty said she would do more checking in on the transportation before commissioners make an official decision.

McCarty also discussed the upcoming Emergency Medical Responders First Responders Class with commissioners, saying that they are anticipating 12-15 students.

“It’s kind of like a wedding though,” McCarty said. “You send out 15 invitations and hopefully get 8 back.”

“No gifts though, right?” Holub joked.

Delores Johnson will be teaching the course.

The class will start Oct. 6 and will be at the Hillsboro City building, but McCarty said that if more Marion kids are signed up, they would move the classes to Marion.

“We want to make it convenient for the students,” McCarty said.

Last modified Sept. 23, 2015

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